Eleven Years’ Experience with Lasers in Neurosurgery

  • F. Heppner
  • P. W. Ascher
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 16)


On 28 July 1976 HEPPNER removed a cerebral glioma for the first time (1) using a CO2 laser, after ASCHER had finished extensive biophysical studies into the properties of this new medium (2) This date marks the beginning of laser technique as a routine method in neurosurgery.


Nucleus Pulposus Laser Surgery Arachnoidal Cyst Stellate Ganglion Cerebral Glioma 
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  1. 1.
    Heppner F, Ascher PW (1976) Über den Einsatz des Laserstrahls in der Neurochirurgie. Acta Medicotechnica 12:424–426Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Ascher PW (1977) Der CO2-Laser in der Neurochirurgie. Molden, WienGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Frank F, Beck OS, Hessel S, Keiditsch E (1985) Comparative investigations of the effects of the Nd:YAG laser at 1.06 μ and 1.32 μ in tissue. 6th Congress of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine. Jerusalem, 12–19 OctoberGoogle Scholar
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    Heppner F (1986) Neurosurgery: the state of the art. Lasers in surgery and medicine 6:415–422PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Heppner F, Auer LM, Ascher PW, Holzer P (1986) Endoskopische Eingriffe am Gehirn. Acta Chir Austriaca 3/18:70–71 (Kongr. Band)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Heppner
    • 1
  • P. W. Ascher
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitätsklinik für NeurochirurgieKarl-Franzens-UniversitätGraz/LKHAustria

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